Chinese Oral History & Papers: Chang Collection

Chinese oral history collections

Zhang Xueliang (Peter H. L. Chang) Oral History, Peter and Edith Chang Papers

The oral history interview with Zhang Xueliang was conducted in Taiwan during 1991-1993. This interview was also extended with Edith Chao Chang (Zhao Yidi), Zhang’s wife. This extensive interview material was donated to Columbia in 1995. Columbia University conducted a shorter interview with Zhang in 1990. The two comprehensive interviews and Chinese transcriptions constitute Zhang Xueliang oral history at Columbia.  They were not open to the public until 2002 at Zhang’s 100th birthday.  An index is available with the Zhang oral history.

Zhang Xueliang and Zhao Yidi Papers, or, in Columbia’s official name for the files, Peter and Edith Chang Papers, were gifts from Robert Chang, Zhang Xueliang’s son. The papers include correspondence, manuscripts, notes, documents, artwork, calligraphy, study materials, photographs, published materials, and news clippings, detailing the various stages of the life of Zhang and his wife from the 1930s to 2001. The Peter and Edith Chang Papers Finding Aid online has both English and Chinese versions.

The oral history and papers are also kept at the RBML at Columbia and open to users with an finding aid first, and then an improved finding aid to Peter H.L. and Edith Chang Papers, 1930s-2001.

A dedicated room, Peter H.L. and Edith C. Chang Reading Room, is also available at the RBML.

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